Rachel Kibbe is the Founder of Kept SKU. With over a decade of experience in sustainability and fashion’s reverse supply chain, her advisory firm, Circular Services Group, has advised some of the largest retailers in the world on circularity strategy, building reverse supply chain systems globally.
Prior, she founded the first global sustainable fashion managed-marketplaces and the largest used clothing collector in the Northeast US. Her contributions and work have been featured by Vogue, The Guardian, The New York City Mayor's Office, the US Department of Commerce, and more.
What's Kept SKU
Throughout Rachel's time working on used clothing collection programs with US cities, along with creating global waste management systems for some of the top fashion brands, she's been approached by both stakeholders for responsible solutions for new, and nearly new, items sitting in warehouses, distribution centers, and alternate routes to liquidation or incineration. Kept / SKU is her response.
Kept SKU, a new platform matching supply and demand in the circular economy. Partnering directly with fashion brands, we are a one-stop-shop providing reverse logistics and technology to keep merchandise in circulation, while enabling customers to discover products at accessible price points.
By providing an alternative to the antiquated jobber liquidation model and to incineration, we allow for brands to recoup the most value from merchandise while protecting brand identity and the planet. We're starting with mystery boxes. As we grow, we will continue to expand how we match supply and demand in the circular economy.
Why is this urgent?
We landfill and incinerate $500B worth of textiles each year. The planet can't withstand this practice and brands are losing value from merchandise that could have more lives. Brands need reverse logistics partners to build the infrastructure and technology to keep their products in circulation.
Why are we starting with returns and excess?
Recycling is available for less than 1% of textiles. Fashion returns are exploding as shoppers move online, and excess inventory often sits for years in warehouses, taking up space and losing value. At worst (and too often) these items wind up in landfills and incineration.